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Paul D Tonko

Horse racing industry needs uniform regulation

Horse racing industry needs uniform regulation

If each of the 32 NFL teams set their own rules for doping, there would be constant confusion and an outcry for reform. But that’s exactly how the horse racing industry operates. Spectators and viewers watching the Preakness Stakes on Saturday will see the spectacle of the crowds and competitive races, but they’ll likely be unaware that, unlike other national sports that have a single regulating body, horse racing has 38 jurisdictions overseeing approximately 100 racetracks in the United States.

Like the NFL, horse racing is a national industry that demands consistent standards, rather than state-by-state regulations. Currently, each state’s racing commission sets up its own...